Fixed internet speeds will be doubled in 220 DSL-served rural communities across the Canadian province of Saskatchewan by the end of 2014, provincial operator SaskTel announced on Tuesday. The rural communities under the scheme, representing over half of 416 communities (including First Nations) served by SaskTel’s DSL network, will have the new option of upgrading to 10Mbps packages, the Leader Post reports. Other initiatives in SaskTel’s rural strategy include CAD10.7 million (USD10.4 million) earmarked to expand the coverage and capacity of its 4G LTE wireless network, including deployment of 31 new towers and 37 network enhancements. Additionally, SaskTel plans to introduce a new fixed-wireless TDD-LTE broadband access service in rural locations pending results of a trial underway and scheduled for completion this summer, the telco said.
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